Wednesday 23 January 2013 •
Europe’s first Hyundai Dash 9A wheeled loaders have been sold to UK firm Thompsons Plant Hire.
The HL760-9A in high lift XTD specification is part of a fleet expansion programme and was supplied by Hyundai dealer Taylor & Braithwaite.
It joins five other Hyundai machines in the Cumbrian plant hire company’s fleet, which includes an HL780-9, HL760-7A plus R290LC-9, R320LC-9 and R380LC-9 excavators.
“Our new HL760-9A offers more fuel efficiency, greater performance and more operator comfort than our HL780-9, which is already proving to be an economical machine,” says Kevin Thompson. “There is no doubt that our Hyundai loaders deliver, which is why we have chosen to add more of them to our fleet.”
Thompsons Plant Hire is a family owned business based in the picturesque Lake District in the north west of England. Founded in 1994 by Kevin Thompson, the business has gone from strength to strength, and now has a considerable number of machines on its fleet, serving blue chip companies in the UK.
With a highly motivated workforce, Thompsons Plant Hire delivers flexibility for its clients not often found in larger hire companies.
Plant hire remains at the heart of the company, but is complimented with green waste recycling and biomass production to supply biofuel for the power generation industry.
The new HL760-9A has a comprehensive specification that includes Michelin L5 XLDD2A tyres, a fully automated Ardent fire suppression system, Groeneveld autolube, white noise reversing alarm and green light seat belt alarms. The loader is also fitted with a sophisticated reversing radar system that scans the area at the back of the loader and informs the operator if personnel are in close proximity to the machine.
Thompsons’ 18-tonne, 218hp HL760-9A is one of three new Dash 9A wheeled loaders introduced by Hyundai earlier this year to meet EU Stage IIIb emissions legislation. It uses the very latest fuel efficient Cummins QSB6.7 engine with an active DPF regeneration system that uses controlled, in-cylinder fuel injection – rather than a fuel burner – to achieve the desired reduction in engine emissions.
Importantly, this type of emission control system maintains low exhaust temperatures, reducing the risk of fire compared to other active regeneration systems on the market, and allowing the machine to continue to operate safely inside buildings. As part of the upgrades to Dash 9A wheeled loaders, Hyundai has relocated the cooling fan to improve cooling pack efficiency and maintenance access, while a touch-screen LCD display and electronic smart key have been added to the cab to improve user friendliness and security.
Mr Thompson is particularly impressed with Hyundai’s standard two year 3,000 hour warranty, which has been extended on several models in his fleet to suit individual machines and their applications. This gives greater peace of mind and puts a cap on running costs throughout the extended warranty period.
“For our business, owning and operating machinery is all about whole life cycle costs,” he says. “The ability of Hyundai and Taylor & Braithwaite to create bespoke warranty packages for our business is a huge benefit. Although the Hyundai range already has a high standard specification, we do choose optional extras to cater for our hire customers’ specific requirements, so we don’t tend to swap machines early in their life,” he explains. “We need long-term reliability and with warranty packages up to 10,000 hours, we can get the best out of our equipment over a five to seven year period.”
The new HL760-9A is currently on long-term self-drive hire with one of Thompsons regular hire customers, as part of a wood processing operation creating biomass material for low carbon energy production. In high-lift XTD specification, the loader offers 500mm of additional lift height over the standard machine, and equipped with a seven cubic metre capacity high-tip bucket, offers a generous lift height for stockpiling and rehandling waste wood material.
“We have an extensive range of shredders and chippers that need to be constantly fed with wood waste, and that’s why we chose the XTD specification,” he says. “Equipped with long reach loader arms and a high capacity toe-tip bucket, our Hyundai wheeled loaders have the performance to keep our other processing machinery working to full capacity.”
The nature of the business sees the Thompson fleet covering a wide area, extending from forests in the north of Scotland where shredding equipment process biomass, through to South Wales where bulk haulage and walking floor trailers deliver biofuel to power stations.
Thompsons also focus on the production of rock armour to strengthen coastal defences, reinforce railway lines, bridge pilings and foundations, to protect against the effects of erosion. It has recently completed a number of challenging projects including shoring up the West Coast Mainline and supplying 200,000 tonnes of graded stone to protect cables and foundations for off-shore wind turbines.
“It is essential that we provide reliable, productive equipment for our customers,” he adds. “And Hyundai builds machines that give us a solid platform on which to grow our business. They are very good value.”